Immersed In A Past Life


I enter a region, a place, a city where I know I’ve lived before.  I want to speak Spanish, jump on the back of a pony and ride out into the desert.  It’s a feeling of comfortable familiarity, like a second skin or a well-loved pair of slippers that are form-fitted to my feet, yet are falling apart from age at the same time.

The ocotillos and saguaros are like old friends, the call of the cactus wren is ingrained in my soul.  I walk inside the old Presidio San Agustin del Tucson.  Memories reach up from the ground, tingle my skin and pull me down, down, down, immersing me in who I used to be, but it was a long, long time ago.

It was my life as a caballero, a life that I loved in the Sonoran Desert.

I’ve come home – again.

Tucson, Arizona

16 thoughts on “Immersed In A Past Life

  1. I appreciate your words accompanying your photograph. I find your images all evoke a longing of hidden beauty, treasures, memories, feelings. And, these words remind me that this is one of the ways, it seems, your essence is choosing to communicate through you. Awesome!

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    • Thank you for your comment, Carrie! You are right. This is why I felt at an early age that I wanted to photograph things in such a way that others could feel it, if that makes sense.


      • It does and I think I see it in your work because I take photographs for a similar reason. Or at least I find that I capture a very different emotion than what is happening around me. And then, my images don’t feel complete without my poems only they usually don’t pair up right away. It is more than just an image of a moment you want to capture, it is a way to evoke a feeling that needs to be expressed. You are tuned into that beautiful part of you, deeply and I enjoy your work greatly!

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      • Thank you so much, Carrie. It’s comments like this that help me to know that what I do has value. Some days I feel is has no value to anyone other than myself, which is fine, but it’s nice to know that others such as yourself find my work meaningful and valuable. I really appreciate you saying so! Thank you.


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